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Few Hiccups On Election Day

by | Nov 8, 2011 7:57pm
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Posted to: Election 2011, Town News, Enfield, Farmington, Hartford, Middletown, New Britain, Newington, Simsbury, Waterbury, Windsor

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There were no problems to report at the polls today, but late this afternoon voter turnout varied widely across the state, according to the Secretary of the State’s office.

No machines broke down and there weren’t any incidents to report, Av Harris, spokesman for the Secretary of the State said.

But turnout varied widely late Tuesday afternoon.

Hartford turnout was around 9.6 percent, Middletown 13.8 percent, Newington 22.47 percent, Norwalk 17.5 percent, and New Britain was around 11 percent.

In some of the towns hard hit by last week’s snowstorm and resulting power outages turnout seemed to be trending at a normal pace.

In Enfield turnout was around 18.9 percent, Simsbury 13.4 percent, and Farmington was at around 13 percent late Tuesday afternoon.

In Waterbury where there’s a hotly contested three-way mayoral the Waterbury Republican American reported that voter turnout was as high as 40 percent in some polling places.

Outside John F. Kennedy School in Windsor, Mayor Donald Trinks said turnout has been pretty steady and was starting to pick up around 5:30 p.m.

Despite the difficulties of campaigning for the last week without power, Trinks, whose town was also hard hit by the storm, said everybody has remained in good spirits and every time he needed to be reminded of that all he had to do was go to the L.P. Wilson Center, which doubled last week as the town’s shelter.

The superstitious Trinks said he comes to John F. Kennedy School around the same time every Election Day.

In the last municipal election voter turnout statewide was about 36.4 percent.

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said Monday that typically municipal elections generate between 20 and 30 percent voter turnout depending on the town, and if there are any contested races.

This year things could be lighter because of the power outages or heavier depending on how voters feel their local elected officials dealt with the cleanup, she said.

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